ideaAPP logo: © Thought Development Inc.If I were to tell you that you can get a complete, worldwide patent search conducted on your invention idea for $1.99, you would think I just swallowed a whole lot of advertising bull. I thought it was too good to be true too, so I went to the source, the company that owns and offers the ideaAPP for Apple and PC products, and asked the founder an irritating amount of questions. He answered.
Indeed the founder and chairman of Thought Development Inc (TDI), inventor Alan Amron, answered all of my disbelieving questions in the affirmative. Yes, the ideaAPP does conduct a worldwide patent search. And, yes, it gets the information back to you in seconds. Not weeks or months.
But that's not all. The ideaAPP, which itself is patent pending, provides a place for you to document your invention, that invention notebook you've been cutting and pasting from napkin drawings and envelope scribbles.
The ideaAPP search response comes in a digital notebook, providing links
to sources, such as patent attorneys, prototypers, marketing companies
and other contacts you will need to develop your idea.
ideaAPP on iPhone: © Thought Development Inc.
Amron says that TDI doesn't even see your documents unless you want it to - and you pay extra for that, of course, as you would for
the company to file a preliminary patent application for you. But the
prices are reasonable, especially when you consider that professionals
are doing this work for you! TDI will also consider commercializing your invention or recommend other options for you.
Security for your idea is protected by the ideaAPP software, and you are further protected by a non-disclosure from TDI that you receive as soon as you sign on - before you even enter anything but your email address. And I will say, from all the
non-disclosures I've seen, the non-disclosure is pretty inventor-friendly.
Now, I have not tried the ideaAPP myself, so I'm just reporting what I have read and what I have been told by the company. But I'm not sitting here with a potentially patentable idea bubbling right now, and you probably are. Please, if you try the ideaAPP, come back and let our readers know what you think! If this is app is for real, it's a game changer. (You can get ideaAPP here.)
sources: ideaAPP, interviews Alan Amron
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